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Wes Bentley continues to impress me with his acting ability. He has been in only a handful of recognizable films to the main stream Hollywood industry with such titles being P2, Ghost Rider, and American beauty. i would like to see him in more films.
Wes Bentley (Robinson, recalling well Weldon Kee's disillusioned, angry poetic persona) is a sixth grade schoolteacher with a relatively happy life and a lovely wife who teaches at the same school. They live around Las Vegas and one day, while she is horseriding around the desert, she witnesses the thuggish, brutal Christian Slater execute a fellow henchmen for not delivering his "sex slave product" on time. She drops her cellphone, and though they are given witness protection, she is killed with a car bomb.
No, Robinson is not as bald as in the story and yes it departs from the text quite a bit--but in the end, perhaps for a little innovative creativity. When Robinson devises his most cruel trap--a tarpaulin facade on the highway which is in reality a huge ditch meant for Dolan's (Christian Slater) and he falls in, the dialogue is worthy of some of the finest literature we have--in some parts hammy, in other parts superior to King's ending itself, though he was aiming for a more obsessive and subtle approach. Edgar Allan Poe is in the air, to be certain. The question of revenge, particularly this sort of elaborately devised and sinister sort, is explored with exquisite detail as the two characters scream at each other, one buried in the desert with nothing but a gun he can no longer use, and one with a conscience that is being severely tested. Not a masterpiece, but a brilliant adaptation, and absolutely recommended to any fan of the original Stephen King.
Anyway, I didn’t even think twice to pick this up. And I’ve got to say they didn’t do a bad job. A lot of movies, although not all by any means, are pretty cheesy. But I’ve always enjoyed them nonetheless. This movie seemed more like a regular movie though, for there is really no out-of-this-world phenomena that takes place in the story/movie. Everything is pretty much grounded in reality. It is simply a story of revenge using methods and tools available to anyone.
The acting was pretty good, and it was a pleasure to see Mr. Slater getting some work again. I hadn’t seen him in a while. It’s hard to imagine anyone doing a good job of taking the short-story of Dolan’s Cadillac and turning it into a full-length movie, but they pulled it off.
I’d recommend this to any King fan, and fan of movies made from his books, or anyone who likes a really good story of revenge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They kind of stretched out Stephen Kings short story. It was watchable but I am glad it was not any longer.Published 2 months ago by David W. Barsness
Followed the story pretty well, but came out kind of dull just the same.Published 2 months ago by Fozzetti
Very close to the book by Stephen King. Have read and listen to this story many time, Although in most cases the movie dose not do the book justice, in this case it dose.Published 5 months ago by Howard
Mostly death and despair. If you like gritty without any redeeming qualities, this movies for you.Published 8 months ago by George J. Kloss